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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

What Is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?


Have you been charged with a crime in Texas? If so, you potentially face harsh penalties including incarceration, fines, community service, and probation. Depending on the severity of the crime with which you are charged, you can face other penalties as well. In Texas, there are misdemeanor offenses and Read more . . .


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

My Spouse Wants a Divorce—What Do I Do?


Whether expected or unexpected, having your spouse directly inform you that he or she wants a divorce can send you reeling. Even saying the request out loud can feel like a marked change has fallen over your relationship. If your spouse has asked for a divorce, it will likely take a minute to compose yourself.


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Friday, March 26, 2021

What Is Covered Under Attorney-Client Privilege?


In the criminal justice system, it is all too common for defendants to feel isolated. Facing a criminal charge can be a lonely and stressful experience. Having a trusted attorney by your side can bring a sense of control and anchoring when you may otherwise feel completely free floating in chaos.
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Sunday, February 28, 2021

How to Prepare for a Criminal Trial


Whether you are a defendant, witness, or some other party involved in a pending criminal trial, the entire process can seem foreign and overwhelming. This is obviously truer for the defendant than anyone else. If you have been charged with a crime, you likely feel as though you are in uncharted territory and, at the same time, you may know how much is at stake. The unknown combined with knowing how your life can change if that Read more . . .


Friday, February 26, 2021

Do You Need a Divorce for a Common Law Marriage?


Did you know that you can have a common law marriage in Texas? It is true! There are, however, specific requirements for a common law marriage that must be met. If you and your partner have met the requirements for a common law marriage in Texas, you may, at some point or another, wonder whether you need to get a divorce for the marriage to end. We will talk more about that here.
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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Relocation after Divorce


After a divorce, you may be looking for your fresh start. This fresh start may involve a move to be closer to family or perhaps for a new job. If you have children with your former spouse, however, moving may be more difficult than just packing up and heading out.
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Thursday, January 28, 2021

How Long Will I Have to Pay Alimony?


If you are contemplating divorce or are about to get a divorce, you probably have a lot of questions about your future and about what happens during divorce proceedings. One of the most contested issues in a divorce relates to alimony, also referred to as “spousal support.” While Texas allows for the awarding of spousal support, called “spousal maintenance” in Texas, in a divorce, there are very specific eligibility requirements that must be met. There will also be a thorough analysis regarding how much alimony should be paid and how long the alimony award should last.

How Long Will I Have to Pay Alimony?

While divorcing parties may reach an agreement regarding alimony on their own, for a spouse to make a demand for alimony, there are certain eligibility requirements that must be met.


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Thursday, January 21, 2021

What Is the Texas Controlled Substance Act?


There are many laws, both federal and state, that address criminal conduct. Different types of criminal offenses often involve the application of multiple laws. For instance, drug crimes in Texas can involve several different laws, even those beyond the Texas Penal Code. The Texas Controlled Substance Act, for instance, plays a central role in


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Thursday, January 14, 2021

What Are DUI and DWI Offenses in Texas?


The terms DUI and DWI often get mixed up, intertwined, and used interchangeably. They do, however, represent different offenses in the State of Texas. Furthermore, there are other offenses related to a DUI or DWI charge that a person may face as well. Here, we will discuss some of the different


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Monday, December 28, 2020

How to Establish Paternity in Texas


Paternity refers to the legal standing of being a father to a child. The fact that a person is considered to be a child’s legal father means that he has certain rights and obligations in regards to that child. With paternity legally established, a father will be entitled to things such as custody and visitation rights and will also be obligated to provide support for the child.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

What Does a Forensic Accountant Do During Divorce Proceedings?


There are so many issues at play in a divorce. Things can turn to a mess at many different levels. One such level involves finances.
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